paisano

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Spanish, Neapolitan paisano, Italian paesano, French paysan

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /paɪˈzɑ.noʊ/, /paɪˈsɑ.noʊ/

Noun[edit]

paisano ‎(plural paisanos)

  1. Peasant; rustic
  2. One's fellow countryman; compatriot
  3. (Alternate spelling of paesano, from Neapolitan language "paisano," often shortened to "paisan" or "paesan") among Italian Americans and Americans of Italian descent, a fellow Italian or Italian-American; a fellow ethnic Italian.
  4. native, especially a native of California of mixed Spanish and Indian ancestry
  5. (US, Southwest US) roadrunner
    • about 1900, O. Henry, Hygeia at the Solito
      Within a very few minutes the cattleman was mounted and away. Paisano, well named after that ungainly but swift-running bird, struck into his long lope that ate up the ground like a strip of macaroni.

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Neapolitan[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. see Italian paesano
  2. a fellow countryman or compatriot

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French païsan, itself from Latin pagus ‎(countryside)

Noun[edit]

paisano m ‎(plural paisanos, feminine paisana)

  1. a fellow countryman
  2. a peasant (someone who lives in the countryside)
  3. (Jewish) a fellow Jew

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